Monday, July 30, 2012

CBS Orders Pilot for Backstrom, based on a Character Created by Leif G. W. Persson

Telemystery: Mystery and Suspense on Television

CBS has ordered a pilot for Backstrom, based on a character created by Swedish crime novelist Leif G. W. Persson. The project is being developed by Hart Hanson, who is also behind the Bones series on Fox, which is based on the mysteries by Kathy Reichs.

Last year we reported that Fox was committed to a pilot for the series, but apparently that never moved forward.

Persson introduced Stockholm police inspector Evert Backstrom in 2005 in Linda … som i Lindamordet (Linda … as in the Linda Murder), the first English translation of which will be published later this year. In 2008 he wrote the second in the series, Den som dödar draken (He Who Kills the Dragon), which we believe is the most recent to feature Backstrom. (Persson is also the author of the "Lars Martin Johansson" mystery series.)

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Linda, as in the Linda Murder by Leif G. W. Persson

Linda, as in the Linda Murder
Leif G. W. Persson
An Evert Backstrom Mystery

In the middle of an unusually hot Swedish summer, a young woman studying at the Vaxjo Police Academy is brutally murdered. Police Inspector Evert Backstrom is unwillingly drafted in from Stockholm to head up the investigation.

Egotistical, vain and utterly prejudiced against everything, Backstrom is a man who has no sense of duty or responsibility, thinks everyone with the exception of himself is an imbecile and is only really capable of warm feelings towards his pet goldfish and the nearest bottle of liquor. If they are to solve the case, his long suffering team must work around him, following the scant few leads which remain after Backstrom's intransigence has let the trail go cold.

This title is not yet available in the US. It will be published by Doubleday in the UK in October, 2012.

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